(I’m pretty sick today, oddly enough with a sore throat. So enjoy this classic post from Cryptid Corner.) I’m having trouble talking, I think I have a Loveland Frogman in my throat!
The story begins in May of 1955, on a stretch of road that runs along the Miami River in Clermont County, just on the outskirts of a small town known as Loveland, Ohio. At approximately 3:30 a.m., a business man claimed to have witnessed three reptilian creatures congregating by the side of the road. The man pulled his car over and observed these creatures for what he estimated to be about three minutes. During this time he noticed that these strange beings stood between 3 and 4-feet tall, were covered with leathery skin, and had webbed hands and feet. Their most distinguishing characteristic was their distinctly frog like heads. Just as the man was about to take off, one of the creatures suddenly held what the witness could only describe as a wand above its head. The anonymous source further claimed that sparks spewed out of the end of this device. Three reptilian creatures? Or was it just Ron, Harry and Hermione using a glamour spell? I mean the creature had a wand!
At about 1:00 a.m., on March 3, 1972 nearly 17 years after the first report a police officer was traveling along Riverside Road heading towards Loveland when he saw what looked like a dog by the curb. Suddenly, the animal darted in front of the cruiser, forcing the officer to slam on the brakes in order to avoid a potential collision with the creature. Once the police cruiser came to a halt, its headlights fell upon the prone animal. The officer described this crouched frog like creature, stood on two legs, stared back at him, then scrambled over the guard rail and scurried down the embankment, finally disappearing into the Ohio River. The officer in question described the creature as being 3 to 4-feet tall and weighing in the area of 50 to 75 pounds. He also claimed that its skin had a leathery texture and that the animal’s features resembled those of a frog or lizard. Another officer investigated the scene later that evening. He saw no sign of the creature, but reported that there were distinct scratch marks on the guard rail where the animal purportedly crossed.
The second sighting occurred two weeks later while police officer Mark Mathews had an encounter of his own. According to the report officer Mathews, while driving into Loveland, spotted what he believed to be an injured animal lying on the pavement. Mathews climbed out of his cruiser with the intention of removing the carcass from the already ice slicked road, when the creature abruptly lurched upwards into a crouched position. Mathews took out his revolver and took a shot at the creature, which then proceeded to hobble over to the side of the road and step over the guardrail all the while keeping a watchful eye on the trigger happy officer. Mathews’ Frogman matched the first officer’s description down to the last detail, with the exception of a tail, which was absent in earlier reports. In the years which have followed these events, Officer Mathews has reneged somewhat on his tale. He now claims that the animal in question was nothing more than a large reptile which escaped from its owner. He further insists that the only reason he shot at the creature was to help confirm a fellow officer’s story.
Who wants to take a trip out to Ohio with me? What could these Frogmen be? And why the hell don’t they hibernate like regular frogs? I don’t even like going out when its cold. I would love to see one of these creatures one day, maybe they will put a magic show on for me with their wands(If you know what I mean, wink wink) If there is anything strange you want me to cover let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org, STAY STRANGE!
Do you like Frogmen? How about old wrestlers like Roddy Piper? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions then you should checkout Hell Comes to Frogtown!